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times a day, and I also had to bathe him each morning. That last day I had gotten up and given him a shower and gave him his breakfast Then I gave my handicapped handicapped daughter a bath, then I showered myself and then my son showered and , got ready for school. My dad ate and went to the bathroom in his pants and threw it on the floor in my living room. I gave him another bath. My husband kept an eye on my dad while I took my son to school. I came home and he went in his pants again and threw it on the living room floor. He was out of control, control, and I was about to lose my mind. I gave him another bath, and he didn't want me to; there was a huge struggle with him to get him cleaned up. That's when I knew that I couldn't take it any longer. I had to call the police so they could call an ambulance and take him to the behavioral unit at the hospital. There he was placed in a nursing home and remained there until he died March 3,2005. My input on this is: You really need to take care of yourself emotionally, or you cannot begin to care for anyone else. I learned this the hard way, but I learned it well! Klmberty Harris Walton Caring for Grandma was an act of love My grandmother, Eleanor Hattendorf, lived with me while I attended college. She was in her 80s but was still spry and mentally alert We got along very well and enjoyed each other's company. PwTV)v ; Li it O I f A""- A""- Oi TV iv Provided photo Klmberty Harris of Walton is moving on with her life with her daughter Madison. Madison. Harris' father died of Alzheimer's disease last March. During the summer of Grandma's 85th year she became very ill and required hospitalization. When she was strong enough to leave the hospital, her doctor advised she should not be left alone for extended periods. Since I was going to college and working, a decision had to be made immediately. Because Grandma had raised me since I was very young and I loved her so much, I volunteered to postpone college so that I could stay with her more. Grandma strongly refused my offer, saying, "I lived a long and full life. And I want you to do the same." How can you live when you have to baby-sit baby-sit baby-sit an old woman? So with that we looked for a suitable suitable nursing home for her. She enjoyed the company of others close to her age, and the home had many recreational recreational activities. I called and visited visited her as often as possible. Grandma was there for about eight years before before she had a stroke that left her helpless. Some of the staff said we could remove remove her feeding feeding tube, but that was not an option option I could even consider. What we did agree on was stopping all of Grandma's medications, except for the ones for pain. I sat with Grandma many days, talking softly about all the tilings 1 remembered about what she had taught me and all the good times we had. Since my dad (Grandma's only child) 'I volunteered to postpone college so that I could stay with her more. Grandma strongly refused my offer f saying, "Hived a long and full life. And I want you to do the same." ... So with that we looked for a suitable nursing home...' Debbit Bttai had died a few years before and my sister lived out of state, I was die only relative to be with her toward the end of her Efe. She was a strong woman who spent more time caring for others, especially her grandchildren, and always always wanted to make sure we were doing well. 1 could tell Grandma Grandma was fighting to stay here, but 1 would tell her I'm OK. I 5 would miss her, but 1 - diought she should go and be with her husband and son. I would always love her. so much. !V On New Year's Eve 1992. just 25 days before her 95Ui birthday, my grandmoth- grandmoth- er joined her husband and son in heaven. Debbie Bolerr ' Price Hilt 1 I1! For more of your stories, see Page E10 Send letters to: Letters, Enquirer Editorial Page, 312 Ebn St., Cincinnati, Olti 45202; fax (513) 768-8569; 768-8569; 768-8569; e-mail e-mail e-mail lettersenquiaT.com (a form is available at enquirer.comeditorletters.html). 7 Please send e-mails e-mails e-mails as plain text without attachments. Limit letters to 100 words. Include your name, address (including community) , day phone and a return ad- ad- dress. Letters may be edited for space and clarity. Letters to the editor, opinion and editorial columns, and articles submitted to The Enquirer may be published or dis-". dis-". dis-". tributed in print, electronic or other forms. v

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 08 Jan 2006, Sun,
  3. Page 56

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